What are your goals?
You might choose to keep Babydoll Sheep for all sorts of reasons. For example, you might decide that you want them for meat or fibre, to breed and sell, to keep.as pets or as lawn mowers in the orchard or vineyard.
If you decide what your goals are, that will help you to work out what are the best Babydoll Sheep for you to buy. It is easy to get sucked in by cute Babydoll lambs but it is the adult sheep that you will live with for most of the time. Here are some suggestions about what you might look for.
If you are new to sheep...
Every sheep owner has to start somewhere but these suggestions might give you time to learn
To move sheep onto any property in Australia (including pet sheep), each sheep must have an NLIS approved ear tag, you need a Property Identification Code (PIC) and by law the seller must provide you with a National Vendor Declaration.
Buying Babydoll Sheep as pets
Babydoll Sheep can be great pets. If you are buying sheep for this purpose you might look for
Buying Babydoll Sheep as workers
Babydoll Sheep are known as handy lawn mowers both because of their calm temperament and their short height. You might look for
Buying Babydoll Sheep to produce meat and fibre
The Southdown breed that Babydoll Sheep are bred from is renown for its tasty meat and a springy Downs style fleece in the medium micron range. The smaller sheep are a good option for home butchering, smaller cuts and siring lambs with other breeds. You might look for
Buying Babydoll Sheep as stud stock
Registered Babydoll Sheep are used to breed lambs with known pedigrees that can be sold with registration papers and compete in sheep shows. You might look for
Make sure to buy registered sheep if you want to breed and sell Babydoll sheep with registration papers. Remember that you generally can't turn unregistered sheep into registered sheep.
During the development phase, BSBA will recognise and register crossbred sheep as EM Babydolls (Emerging) if they have a % Southdown that is able to be traced in their pedigree and proven. These sheep can be given a Babydoll score indicating how well they fit our Babydoll breed standard. These may be a useful option where you want to introduce new traits into your breeding program such as colour, spots and patterns.
Buyers are encouraged to check carefully about what sheep registry they are buying from so that they don’t accidentally end up with sheep that can only be used in an appendix breeding program or not at all. For example, some registries do not allow coloured Babydolls. Buyers are also encouraged to ask for full pedigrees and registration details for the sheep at the time of sale.
See also Finding Babydoll Sheep breeders